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The Dragon Blood Collection – Lindsay Buroker

hatWell. Here I am. It’s been awhile! 8 months have passed since I last wrote and so much has happened! I now have an MA in publishing and seem to be getting a book published next year. I’ve had three jobs and am looking for the next as my temporary position winds down at the end of the year. A lot has happened. Have I stopped reading hence why no posts? Nope, but having 2 jobs and trying to complete an MA at the same time can leave one with very little downtime to not only read a book but to then review it!

Ah well. I am back. Just in time for Christmas. And this new book series I am about to review I would recommend to get someone for Christmas.

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We start of this series with Balanced on the Blade’s Edge. Here we meet Colonel Ridge Zirkander and he is in trouble. So much so that he is shipped off from his flight crew and sent to manage a prison in the middle of the snowy mountains.

Below this prison, Sardelle Terushan awakens after 300 years in a magic coma. She awakens to world where Dragons no longer exist and their dragon blood has weakened in humans, meaning no more sorcerers.  In fact, anyone with magic (or accused of magic) is so greatly feared that they are often sentenced to horrific deaths. No longer physically attached to her soulblade, Jaxi, Sardelle has to face this new world alone without magic.

Ridge and Sardelle must battle their own issues to trust one another and leave this hell-hole.

22307971The next in the series is Deathmaker and here we meet two new characters. Cas is the youngest in Zirkander’s flight crew. She has an uncanny ability to always shoot her target and loves to be part of the wolf flight crew.

Deathmaker is a scientist/warrior who was kicked out by his army and now lives as a notorious pirate with a grudge against Zirkander. When captured and placed within a cell, his luck changes as he finds himself with Cas, his enemy’s lieutenant. They need each other to escape but can they trust each other.

Opinion

These are just the first two of the six book collection. So far I am hooked. Ironically, I had bought the first three as a set and had never gotten round to them, then BookBub offered me the first one for free and having read it, tried to get the 2nd one on Amazon to then be told I already had it. Whilst this suggests the blurb was good enough for me to download the books, it clearly didn’t entice me enough to want to read it. However, I am glad I did.

Fast paced, witty and enjoyable are what I would use to describe this collection thus far. The characters have depth and by making the 5 main characters known through the first two books separately means we have a deeper understanding and knowledge of them and can now move on to the rest of the series with this greater understanding instead of having just 2 dimensional characters but having them in all of the books all of the time.

The setting seems a mix between modern day and medieval. There are flying machines similar to our fighter planes and airships yet magic is tolerated as much as it was during the Pendle Witches or Salem trials and is believed to have died out. Guns are used but so are swords. Buroker has used the best of all fantasy worlds and merged them together to enable primitive mindsets to live alongside mechanical evolution with magic.

If you are not a fan of independent authors due to the utter rubbish that can be out there then I suggest you have a go at these books to alter your mindset. Buroker has managed to create a very complete and accurate book that flows and feels like traditionally published book without actually being one. For fans of the Inheritance Cycle or the Lord of the Rings Trilogy this should be on your “to read list”.

All in all a great read so far and I am excited to have a complete book series to get my teeth into once more. My verdict a solid 7.5/10. 

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The Geneva Decision – Seeley James

Screenshot_2015-03-23-11-38-34For those of you in the publishing world, in a few weeks we have the Bologna Book Fair! With my MA course, I am able to go to Bologna for free (well free as long as you don’t count the course fee!). So hopefully I will have something fun to report when I get back. Who knows, maybe I’ll see you there!

This book today was found, once again, via BookBub. For those not subscribed to BookBub, go for it! It’s a great way to discover new titles and genres!

Plot

We meet our protagonist, Pia Sabel, right from the get go. An ex Olympic soccer player (or football if your English!), she becomes the boss of her adoptive father’s security company. Apparently Pia had a rather traumatic first few years, where she saw her mother and father murdered and threatened to be killed herself. Luckily, her adopted dad had a bit of money to be able to employ body guards and decided to start up his own security company to help Pia.

Pia is out on a ‘job’ and spots a shady guy. Following him, she sees him shoot her potential employer. After she tackles him and hands him over to the police, we see that he has an accomplice. The police blunder and the assassin escapes, plunging Pia and Sabel security into the shady world of bankers and assassins. A journey that takes her from Switzerland to Colombia and back to continental Europe, rookie Pia makes mistakes, friends, loyalty and respect in her new playing field.

Opinion

Enjoyment wise, this was a great book. Pia was a relatable character. She had been moddle-coddled by her over-protective father all her life. Even when she was on a soccer tour, she had her own security. The two agents with her show how inexperienced Pia in the spy game and the derision showed by some of the team is one that is very believable in a male orientated world.

The problem for me with this book was the level of disbelief. How does an olympic soccer player know what an assassin looks like from his demeanor on her first case out? I’d expect James Bond, a secret service spy and ex-officer in the Navy to be able to but not Pia. Her ability to incapacitate the assassin is slightly ridiculous, when again, she has no ‘spy’ experience. The fact that Pia is the leader of her group is just asking for her to die. Yes she is the owner of the company but relying on the experience of other people is more believable, and when she is seen to have promoted someone for this specific role, she still ignores them. Why would someone who wasn’t the best shot, is a rookie and no ability to decide if a situation is too dangerous lead a team to potential slavers?

If it wasn’t for these problems, this book would easily be an 8 or 9. However, due to my inability to believe some of the situations, my verdict is 6/10. Worth a read but just lacking a decent editor.suicide-tourism

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Harry and the Wrinklies – Alan Temperley

IMAG0733_1Hello! I hope this finds you all well. Today’s book is one of my favourite children’s books, Harry and the Wrinklies. I can’t remember how I ended up with such a copy but I loved it and watched the tv series when it aired on CITV.

Plot

We meet Harry at the funeral of his wealthy parents and he is being shipped off to live with his ancient Aunties in the middle of no where. As soon as he sees them on the platform he feels so disappointed in how his life is turning out to be. He loved his parents and his life. However, on the drive to his new home, Auntie Florrie shows off her car’s ability and this old rusted car turns into a purring race car. This is just beginning of the strange happenings that occur around his Aunts. Upon arriving at Lagg Hall, Harry meets the rest of the inhabitants and his Aunt’s friends: Mrs. Good, the housekeeper; Nutty Slack, Gardner and Handyman; Dot, Fingers, Huggy, Angel, Max and Tangle – Harry’s new dog. In the first few days, he has more fun with these pensioners than he has ever had in his life and he realises that perceptions can be deceiving. With the stories of a haunted woods, the arrival of his evil ex-nanny and the burning question of what are the OAP’s up to late at night, Harry has plenty to keep him (and us) occupied at Lagg Hall.

Opinion

I’ve already stated that this was my favourite book and it is easy to see why. As a child, this book holds all the mystery and danger needed as well as good guys and bad guys. Everything is seemingly black-and-white but with grey areas only noticeable as you get older. The idea of grandparent like figures being as fun and as adventurous as Harry’s new family is, is one that many children’s authors have grasped and run with i.e. David Walliams’ Gangsta Granny. 

Temperley creates an idyllic world, not dissimilar to Enid Blyton’s world. Harry lives in a massive old mansion, with a tower bedroom, woods, lake, folly and animals. The ideal place to grow up. The amount of danger present does suggest more of an older child reader, with bodily harm coming to Harry often. Yet the good guys win and the bad guys pay, as how it should be.

All in all, a great book. One that I still read now and remember my love of it as a child. My verdict 9/10. The follow up isn’t as good but if you loved this one then get the sequel; Harry and the Treasure of Eddie Carver. 

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Contagious Chaos – Emily Goodwin

Hello. It seems every time I write this blog now I am apologising for the delay between posts! If you want to check out the reason click here. So back to book reviewing! For those that follow this blog, Emily Goodwin’s Contagium Series has been a firm favourite of mine and since it was picked up by Permuted Press, I have had to wait nearly two years for the release of the new book. However, Contagious Chaos didn’t disappoint.

Plot

We start book three where we left off. Orissa has just been kidnapped and Riley left for dead outside the walls of the prison which houses the deranged men that tried to kill Hayden. Once inside the prison, Orissa finds out that it is an asylum for the criminally insane (as well as just the insane). They are survivors of the zombie apocalypse but due to their slightly unhinged ways, they aren’t as civilised as the compound we know. (Side note, how often does Orissa get kidnapped by psycho people?) This book focus’ on how to escape this place and how to deal with the people inside who are making it dangerous for any other expeditions to occur from the compound. Big decisions have to be made and now it isn’t human vs zombie, but human vs human…

Opinion

As I have previously stated, I love this series. It was the first zombie book that I picked up that was actually ok. I know many people love this sub-genre but I just never found it that interesting. I was also never over the whole eating people’s brains thing. However, Orissa is such a strong and interesting character that you become invested in her life and her quest to survive. Any book that can make you continue to the next  has to be doing something right!

The twists are as usual, sublime and although some coincidences are just too useful, you don’t exclaim at their sheer audacity to exist (*cough*The Templar’s Quest*cough*). The fight of human vs human brings a great moral dilemma and shows how Orissa has to deal with that idea. (Although I am sure it is easier to kill people who tried to kill you than a Joe Boggs.) Obviously, Hayden and the other men have all got military backgrounds, making it easier for them. Still, they all marvel at the fact that instead of helping some of the few remaining survivors, they are plotting their demise.

The end isn’t a cliff-hanger as the other two books were but it definitely changes life at the compound significantly, for better or worse to be determined next time.

Overall a solid third outing for the Contagium Series and check out the excellent new book covers! Being more traditionally published certainly has its advantages! My verdict 9/10. Same standard as the last two and I can’t wait to read the fourth!

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Reclaiming the Sand – A. Meredith Walters

It’s been a while since I last posted. Many posts have been started and then life seemed to get in the way.  I currently have a second blog that if you are interested in being in publishing might be of some interest to you but it has taken my time away from this one. I found this book through bookbub and was a little apprehensive. It includes a boy who has Aspergers. I find these, if done badly, can be offensive. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime was excellently done and I feel many people just jumped on the Autism bandwagon. However, if done well then you bring the readers into this world and it can be beautiful.

Plot

Reclaiming the Sand starts off based on Ellie’s point of view. We see that she is in a dead end job, with dead end friends and on the road to living a life probably in prison, already having spent a stint in jail for arson. Ellie is on the brink of joining the local community college to study English Literature but is in fear of not being good enough, something her life in foster care has taught her.

Having committed to a study course, she runs into Flynn. He is the reason she was in jail, he is the reason she thinks she isn’t good enough, he is the reason she thinks she is a bad person. We learn about their teenage relationship through Flynn’s eyes and it shows how adult Ellie is still as confused as teenage Ellie. She wants to be friends with Flynn but doesn’t know how he could fit into her life of abuse, lies and status.

Flynn likes Ellie. He always has. In his head he can’t understand why she is sometimes nice to him and sometimes mean but he likes nice Ellie so much that he can forgive mean Ellie. Even when she pushed it too far, Flynn has already forgiven her for everything she did. The only question is can she forgive herself?

Opinion

This book is just breath taking in its elegance and structure. It was a stroke of genius to tell the story originally from Ellie’s point of view and to see her struggle to better herself and break free of her ‘friends’. It means that when you see how she acted in high school, you don’t hate her. You feel sorry for her, disappointed in her weaknesses but you admire her even more for the changes in her life that she managed to accomplish.

Flynn is exquisitely written. I have a slight understanding of Autism through a mother working within social services and Flynn is how someone with Autism acts. It never feels forced or contrite and you never cringe at the storyline and what he says. Walters either knows someone with Autism or did extensive research but Flynn is perfect. His attitude towards life is refreshing and his ability to forgive is one we should all hope to aspire to. He knows all the bad things about Ellie and while he might not be able to understand it or vocalise his feelings about it, he does forgive her because he loves her. It is that simple for him.

All in all an excellent read full of emotion. My verdict: 9/10. Don’t be put off by the seemingly heavy subject matter, give it a go! It wont disappoint!

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Vampire Academy – Richelle Mead

Sorry (again) for the delay in a post! So much has happened it is untrue! Little bit of personal news. I am now a student again! A masters in publishing is in my near future and I am ecstatic that I am hopefully on my career path. So ye. That’s it for me :).

Back to what this blog is for… Reviewing. As you maybe able to tell, young adult and vampire books are my little book secret. So when I watched Vampire Academy and found it was based on a book I was very happy. The film was so-so. The storyline seemed ok but the acting was very poor. It made me want to check out the books anyway. I downloaded the kindle version and can easily say this series is far superior to the film!

Plot

Vampire Academy is split into 6 books. We start of meeting Lissa and Rose, a vampire and dhampir. Lissa isn’t like the vamps we see in other books. She can stand a little sun, is not evil and has magic. Usually vamps can influence the 4 elements; water, air, earth and fire. They all have aspects of each in their magic but tend to specialise when they get older in just one field. Sometimes a vampire doesn’t specialise but those are rare cases. Lissa is part of the Moroi bread of vampire. Another strand is a Strigoi and they are the vampires humans have in their horror books and films. These have red ringed eyes, intolerance to the sun, drink blood until they have killed the supplier and are wickedly strong. They also find Moroi blood especially delicious and that is where dhampirs come into the picture. Originally, they were a result of Moroi and humans mating. This union later ceased to exist but it was discovered dhampirs cannot reproduce with their own kind. They rely on the Moroi to keep their race alive, meaning it falls to them to protect their only chance of survival so became Guardians to the Moroi. With these skill sets, schools/academies are set up to teach Moroi how to to control their magic and dhampir to protect Moroi. Rose and Lissa are at such a school. Unusual for this world they also share a bond. Rose can hear Lissa’s thoughts and sometimes put herself into Lissa’s head to see, feel and hear everything she can.

We meet Rose and Lissa outside of the academy where they have been on the run for 2 years. Rose was informed by a semi-insane teacher to run and hide Lissa. Rose has spent her life protecting her best friend and follows this strange advice. However, she never expected Dimitri to be sent after them. Regarded as a god in guardian circles, Dimitri is a young dhampir who is given Lissa as his Moroi to protect, depending on if he can find her. Taken back to school, Rose finds she is severly behind in classes and realises that to really be able to protect Lissa she needs to get her training back on track and be vigilant over her friend to avoid the danger she had been forwarned of. Dimitri becomes her tutor to catch her up on the 2 years she missed in hand to hand combat. With Lissa’s mental health deteriorating, Rose and Dimitri’s growing attraction and a danger lurking in the school as well as the usual high school drama, Vampire Academy has it all.

Opinion

I haven’t really given the plot to the other 5 books of this series as I don’t want to spoil it for those who want to read the series but I will be reviewing the whole series.

One word for this series. Wow. Just wow. It is rare to find a world and characters that you miss when you finish the last book but, like Rowling, Mead had me hooked for 2704 pages. The world is totally believable, characters loveable and writing sublime. English grads may argue my last point but at no time did I have to re read paragraphs to understand it nor did the writing bring me out of the story once. Like all great books, you forget you are reading and just see the story.

Rose is a fantastic character and her romance with Dimitri is believable and heartbreaking. Her sarcastic wit is never forced or contrite and the bravery shown makes you swell with pride. Lissa is a complicated character and your feelings for her are too. Their relationships with each other and everyone else are expertly shown.

Downsides are a few and far between but some of my main gripes are; why didn’t Lissa notice her best friend was in love yet her worst enemy knew and used it against Rose? Did anyone ever tell Dimitri’s family what happened? Read could have stopped the constant book repeat. If she wanted to fill people in on the last books then maybe a chapter telling people what happened not mid action sequence! And most annoyingly, what happens after the last book finished? I want back onto this world. I want back into the lives of these characters.

Mead has created a series everyone can enjoy young and old alike. The twists are sometimes obvious, sometimes surprising and I never guessed the culprit in the last book. Characters barely mentioned in book 1 play important roles later and I love this.

All in all a fantastic book. The pros far out-way the cons. For this I give this series a 10/10 Read it and don’t judge Mead’s sublime story by the sub par acting of the film!

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The Proposal – Lily Zante

As with most of my books recently, this was recommended by kindle and was a free download. I read the blurb and it seemed like a ‘me’ read. This was a bit like Wedding Date and What Happens in Vegas. Both excellent chick flick films and I know people use influences from other sources (Inheritance Cycle a prime example) so nothing to unusual about it. I shall add the 3rd in this series to the mix. It is the sequel to this and the reason I shall add into this review is the fact that it could all be one book. I think it should be one book, it reads well as one book.

Plot

The Proposal starts off at the bachelorette party of Nadine’s sister. Nadine hires male strippers to come to her home to ‘perform’ for her sister and friends. Nadine is a work freak and whilst she should be enjoying the show, she is instead working from home. One of the male strippers,Ethan, catches her eye and whilst watching him, she finds her body reacting to him in a way she hasn’t for a man in a long time.

Cut to later in the story and we see that she has been invited to a work’s weekend away and it is strongly advised she brings her ‘other half’ with her. Not wanting to miss out on an opportunity to do well at work, she hires Ethan to be her boyfriend for the weekend. People love him, especially her boss and owner of the company. During the weekend, Nadine and Ethan realise they have feelings for one another and decide to make it a case of seeing each other outside on this arrangement. Needless to say, the obvious happens with fallouts and make ups on the way.

Following this book, the 3rd in the series, Heart Sync  continues the story and we see how workaholic Nadine and growing art sculpture Ethan continue their romance. We see the strain of his previous line of work on their relationship and how Nadine needs to learn how to think as a couple. Job prospects can no longer be taken without any thought for what might happen for her relationship. Again, a predictable happy ending occurs after some turbulence and we see a happy and strong couple at the end.

Opinion

This is a very solid chick lit book(s). Nadine and Ethan are both likeable characters and Zante has managed to create a very palpable chemistry between them. Yes the storyline is predictable but I am yet to run across a chick-lit or romance book that isn’t. After all, if they weren’t predictable, the happy ending everyone reads them for wouldn’t exist.

What did annoy me was how little Zante included the characters best friends in the books. Nadine’s was cast aside easily and only brought in twice selfishly by Nadine. I understand that Zante was trying to show that Nadine was very wrapped up in work and then Ethan too but she didn’t even tell her she was going to Europe for a whole year until a month before she was due to go???? Really?! What girl do you know doesn’t tell her best friend this?

Overall the two books combined are pretty decent and I always say that if the 1st one can make me read a 2nd, it must have been ok. My verdict a very solid and reliable 6.75/10. If you like chick lit books, this is one you should definitely put on your ‘to read’ list.

 

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Caged – Amber Lynn Natusch

Have you ever read a book where you had forgotten the blurb? It is a very confusing/interesting experience. On KindleCaged was recommended to me so I checked it out and obviously liked what I saw and then downloaded it. However, I didn’t read it straight away. I left it for a few months. I tend to do that. I buy books in bulk and then it means I have a few to get through. However, I totally forgot what the blurb said about this book. I figured it was probably a crime book as that is what I tend to read and as I had chosen to download it, it must have seemed ok so I began to read it with no clue of its premises. I can tell you now that this is not a crime book!

Plot

We meet out leading lady, Ruby, under some dire straits. She seems to be able to see after a long time of not being able to but is attacked by a gang of men. We see she is saved by an ‘angel’. We have no idea who this man is but we see Ruby again a year later. She is now running her own shop selling jewellery and appears to be quite successful in this venture. However, she is completely cut off from the world. Perhaps due to the fact she was born blind and is now a medical marvel as she has regained full use of her eyes, she feels slightly in awe of human interaction. Fuelled by her desire to be social, Ruby sets forth to a club. Here she is once again caught in the terror of a man and is rescued by Sean who she recognises as the ‘angel’ who rescued her before. Shocked by this turn of events, Ruby runs from Sean.

Later, Sean finds Ruby and they embark into a rough friendship. However, on a night out, Ruby is inexplicably drawn to Eric. A man Sean seems to know and loathe. Ruby goes out with Eric and lands herself into a whole heap of trouble. She is exchanged by Eric for some goods into the hands of a (SPOILER ALERT) pack of werewolves who want to ‘mate’ with her. Here she meets Cooper who helps her escape from the pack and back into Sean’s world.

Opinion

I’d recommend reading a book when you have no idea what is supposed to happen. It makes for an interesting ride! However, I thought this book was mediocre.

I have read quite a few Werewolves, Vampire, Magical books as seen through my reviews so you can see that I do like this genre. Natusch just seems to want to prolong your knowledge of this fact. You don’t discover that Ruby is a werewolf until about 60% of the way through. You don’t find out why she was born blind and now isn’t. Nor why Sean is following her around, even before he knows what kind of ‘special’ werewolf she is. Why does she have such attraction to Eric? This is a first in a series so maybe these will be explained later but I don’t really have an interest in reading them after this one.

Ruby as the main character is awful. She is the most stupid, naive little girl I have ever met and she is meant to be 28… She should have more sense than she does. Especially with the level of intelligence she shows to have through her Uni degree and excellent wit. Perhaps Natusch is trying to go with the anti-heroine type character like Orissa from the Contagium Series but it is never fully successful as Ruby is just annoying.

Natusch also seems to brush over anything sexual. Don’t get me wrong. I have no problem with there being no sex or nothing overtly sexual happening in books. The Host is a love story yet doesn’t really broach the subject of sex. This book has strong sexual themes running through it but seems to be embarrassed to show them and this creates confusion. Is Ruby raped? Is she gang raped? Is she just ‘pawed’ at? As this is quite a pivotal point in the storyline it needs to be explained fully. Natusch either needs to tell us what happened or just not put it in. Either is fine, what she does do isn’t it.

Overall, a mediocre read. I finished it but aspects of the plot need to be explained better so a 5/10 for me I’m afraid. Very average.

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Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

I mentioned in my Jane Eyre review that my first foray into classic literature was with Pride and Prejudice. Today I have decided to review this book.

Plot

We meet the Bennet family. A family with money but on the verge of having to work for a living. They have an excellent house and 5 daughters as well as a silly mother and steadfast father. Elizabeth Bennet is our heroine and seems to be the most put together of the sisters and is their father’s favourite. The town becomes the new stately home of Mr. Bingley who is known to make £5000 a year. He arrives with his sisters, brother in law and best friend, Mr. Darcy. Bingley takes a liking to Elizabeth’s older sister, Jane and begins to court her. Everyone believes that they are to be wed but Mr. Darcy is found to have told Bingley not to marry below his station.

Mr. Collins arrives to the Bennet household and he proposes to Elizabeth who turns him down (hilariously). Mrs. Bennet is in an outrage over this, wanting to get her daughters married off as quickly as possible, whilst making good connections. Elizabeth’s best friend marries Mr. Collins due to her panic of getting too old to find a husband.

Mr. Whickham arrives with the cavalry and woos Elizabeth. However, it is with her youngest sister that he runs off with and marries. This is not before he informs Elizabeth of how horrible and pompous Mr. Darcy is.

Surprisingly, Mr. Darcy proposes to Elizabeth. However, his proposal is truley awful, claiming her to be below his status and that she should feel lucky he is even allowing himself to be degraded by acknowledging her and her family. Obviously Elizabeth says no.

Elizabeth goes to visit the new Mrs. Collins and due to the position of Mr. Collins as pastor for the venerable Lady Catherine de Bourgh, learns more about Mr. Darcy and finds his previous nature towards her and her family to be of an anomaly.

Whilst on holiday with her aunt and uncle, Elizabeth ends up visiting Mr. Darcy’s grand estate and ends up seeing him there. Here she finds that he is not quite so prideful and much more open and joyous to be around. Perhaps her own pride got in the way of their union?

Lady Catherine de Bourgh hears about a possible union between Mr. Darcy (her nephew) and Elizabeth and storms over to the Bennet’s house to find out whether her nephew had made a proposition to Elizabeth. Elizabeth says no but if he were to make one in the future she would not reject it.

Mr. Bingley returns and asks for Jane’s hand and then Mr. Darcy returns with him and once again asks for Elizabeth’s. Obviously, they both say yes and the pride and prejudices that were keeping them apart have now been vanquished.

Opinion

I love this book. The BBC adaptation is also excellent. Elizabeth Bennet is a truly delightful character. Her wit, intelligence and sarcastic mouth transcend the 201 years from first publication to now. The family interactions are often done with great amusement and Elizabeth’s rejection of two of her marriage proposals are excellently executed. The one to Mr. Collins is hilarious. Her attitude is very modern as she waits until the man she loves asks her, never agreeing to marriage for status or money (obviously she gets both with her marriage but it takes 2 attempts from Mr. Darcy before she says yes). The marriage between Mr. Collins and Charlotte is shown to be the ‘proper’ way for an unmarried twenty-something to act as even though Charlotte does not love Mr. Collins, she feels she needs to get married soon as she is ‘past’ the desirable age.

Mr. Bennet is also quite a modern man. He only wants what is best for his daughters (particularly Jane and Elizabeth) and finds his wife’s constant moaning and badgering to be rather tiresome. However, he does what he can to make his daughter’s union to a ‘higher class’ by calling to see the new resident of Mr. Bingley. He is every girl’s dream father and before accepting Mr. Darcy’s request of marriage to Elizabeth he checks with her first to see if she is willing.

Obviously being called Pride and Prejudice, both these themes run throughout the books and every character (bar Jane) has these flaws. Even Elizabeth lets hers get the better of her and we see how far she has to go to allow them to be beaten to accept Mr. Darcy’s marriage proposal. However, how he expected any girl to agree to his first offer is beyond me. Tip for you guys: never say that the girl is below you in status and that her family are idiotic whilst stopping her sister from marrying your best friend for the same reasons!

All in all one of my favourite books. My verdict 9.5/10. Again, the same as with Jane Eyre maybe if I had been reviewing in the 19th century, this would have been a 10 but obviously the writing is convoluted and difficult to get into meaning you have to be in the right frame of mind to read this or any classic novel.

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A Hollywood Ending – Robyn Sisman

I first found Robyn Sisman when I was in my early teens through Just Friends. I loved that book. It is one of my all time favourites to read. Now why am I reviewing one that isn’t that book? Well simply, I have just recently finished A Hollywood Ending compared to Just Friends. It seems to follow a similar pattern to that of her previous books so Sisman is clearly working under the ethos that if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it. For some, this philosophy doesn’t work as the same storyline repeated but with different characters can make an author boring. Sisman falls into this category I am afraid.

Plot

This book is about a woman named Paige Carson. A movie star with an Oscar under her belt. However, her career is on the decline and after being embarrassed by her current co-star, she decided a change in needed. Off to England she goes to perform in a Shakespearean play. However, obstacles appear before her in the shapes of no car service, an obnoxious landlord named Ed, can she even act and no one seems to care who she is.

Opinion

I don’t think I need to continue with the plot. Can you see where this book is going? We have an uptight American who comes to England and annoys the hell out of an English guy whilst panicking that maybe she really can’t act. So what happens? She falls in love with the English guy (obviously a twist involved) and succeeds at the play.

Don’t get me wrong. I love chick lits. From the paragraph above you might surmise that I don’t. Cecelia Ahern is one of my favourite authors and my previous read of Sisman’s was excellent. It’s just this followed the same storyline as her previous book. An English person and an American person, both headstrong, both on failing careers or with a boss who doesn’t appreciate them. Falling in love, arguing, missed a sign from each other etc etc. its just the same. <—Not a happy chappy.

All in all, not a great read. If you want a good Robyn Sisman book, read Just Friends not this. My verdict 5/10. 

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